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PT Get Around Gig Harbor Trolley Receives Excellence on Main Award for Community Partnership

Gig Harbor, WA – The Pierce Transit (PT) Trolley, of the Get Around Gig Harbor Program, received the Community Partnership award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony on May 7 in Wenatchee, Washington. The ceremony was held in conjunction with RevitalizeWA, Washington State’s Preservation and Main Street Conference.

Talk of trolley service in Gig Harbor has been going on for many years and the need for such a mode of transportation is especially critical in the summer months. When high numbers of visiting boaters arrive in Gig Harbor, they have no way to get to stores to buy groceries, easily access both ends of the downtown waterfront district, or go to Uptown. This changed in the summer of 2013. With key help from former City Councilman Derek Young, the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, Pierce Transit, Uptown and the Chamber of Commerce moved quickly to initiate the Trolley Summer Demo Project within the downtown and Uptown districts of Gig Harbor.

This demonstration project—consisting of two trolleys and two backup buses for high volume days—ran over the summer of 2013 as a Pierce Transit limited duration demonstration project, supported by a local Community Investment Team (CIT). This collaborative financial arrangement included Pierce Transit, the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, the City of Gig Harbor, Uptown and the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. The financial support from the CIT kept fares for riders to just 25 cents for the duration of its run in 2013, which lasted from July 9 - September 28. Because of its success in 2013, the Trolley will be returning to Gig Harbor for the 2014 summer season with service running from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

“Gig Harbor’s Trolley Program is an excellent example of community-minded efforts that help support alternative transportation and the connectivity of community. The Community Investment Team demonstrates the significance of partnerships in enhancing the livability of our historic places,” said Sarah Hansen, Washington State Main Street Coordinator.

The Excellence on Main Awards, organized by the Washington State Main Street Program, recognizes communities, organizations, and individuals who are helping to achieve economic vitality and build sustainable communities through downtown revitalization and preservation. Washington’s Main Street Program is housed in the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and administered, under contract, by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

For more information, please contact Sarah Hansen, Washington Main Street Program Coordinator, at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation or 206-624-9449.

Local Contact: Mary DesMarais, Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance:

(253) 514-0071,